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Laura A. Cole
(Speech-Language Pathologist, M.S., CCC-SLP)

« Forbrain has had a significant increase in my patients’ self-discrimination of speech errors. »

My name is Laura Cole and I have been a speech-language pathologist for 20 years, 16 of the years I have worked in a private pediatric outpatient clinic that offers speech, occupational, and physical therapy services.

I was first introduced to Forbrain about a month ago by a 16 year old patient of mine, whose mother obtained it for him to work on articulation awareness, tone, and decreasing vocal intensity. I was quite intrigued by Forbrain when I placed it on myself. Although I am highly familiar and educated on the concept of bone conduction, it was still quite surprising to me how my speech was amplified and so “crisp” via sound vibrations through the bone conduction head set. I was also able to hear my own breathing. When I had my co-workers (other therapists) try the headset, their eyes widened and they too commented on how really amplified their speech and articulation were, even though they weren’t using more traditional air conduction headphones.

I have been using the Forbrain device for approximately 2 weeks, primarily with my patients with articulation/phonological goals, goals for decreasing speech rate, and goals for decreasing vocal intensity. Activities for use have included focused stimulation drills, story-telling activities, connected reading tasks, and general conversational discourse activities. Of the five patients I have used Forbrain with, every one of them demonstrated facial expressions of surprise when the headset was placed on them and they were asked to speak. Additionally, each of them immediately demonstrated a significant decrease in their rate of speech and vocal intensity/volume. I have found that use of Forbrain has had a significant increase in my patients’ self-discrimination of speech errors during generalization activities: one patient increased his self-discrimination followed by correction of errors by 60% (this occurred after the first time my patient wore the device).

In addition to the positive changes in articulation, rate, volume, and error discrimination with correction, I appreciate the comfort of the headset when wearing it. It is very lightweight and the fact that it is wireless allows for greater comfort as well. The only drawback I’ve seen so far is that every one of my patients tends to play with the microphone: I feel this is not a negative related to Forbrain, but rather that the age of my patients lends them toward wanting to play with it.

"I highly recommend use of Forbrain for speech-language intervention with those patients with articulation/phonological disorders and challenges with suprasegmentals of speech. I have not yet had opportunity to use it for targeting memory and processing, however I suspect it is highly beneficial for those language aspects as well."

Laura A. Cole, M.S., CCC-SLP

Speech-Language Pathologist
Sovereign Pediatric Therapy
1315 Macom Dr. Suite 103, Naperville, IL 60564
Ph. 630-585-7337 • Fx. 630-585-7333

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